Here are some really helpful tips on how to successfully frame out your builder-grade mirrors.
Time: 2 Days Cost: $20 Difficulty: Easy
I’ve seen a lot of posts on how to frame out mirrors and I’ve tried again and again to successfully accomplish this simple update; however, I have failed again and again.
Here are some tips for you to complete this project the first time.
Measure the width and the length of each mirror.
I have a large full length mirror in my closet and two mirrors above my bathroom vanities that I would like to frame.
Purchase your molding either to compliment the molding already in your home or choose something different.
Tip 2: Purchase prepainted molding. It may cost a little more but it saves time and paint.
Tip 3: Draw a picture of your mirror framed out.
This may seem silly but this is what always stumped me – which way to make the cuts. You’d be surprised how much molding your waste cutting the wrong way.
Tip 4: Measure and mark your molding on the back side. This side is flat so it’s easier to mark.
Tip 5: When you’ve marked your measurement onto the back, using the speed square, draw a straight line from the top to the bottom of the width of the molding.
The outside edge of the molding is the thicker part.
Tip 6: Using your drawing as a guide, place the diagonal ruler on the speed square at the top of the line (the thicker part) and make a diagonal line as to which way you need to cut. Refer to your drawing.
Tip 7: Place the front of the molding down so you are cutting on the back side of the molding. This will give you less splintering.
Tip 8: Place the thicker or outside edge along the side of the mitre box.
Line up your diagonal line with the cutting guides on the mitre box.
Use the black pins to hold your molding in place.
Cut your molding.
Sand the cut edges.
Once all of your molding is cut, apply Liquid Nails to the back side.
Tip 9: Apply Liquid Nails to not only the middle of the molding but also along the top and bottom of the back.
Stick the pieces of molding directly to the mirror.
Remove any Liquid Nails that has oozed onto the mirror or wall.
Use painter’s tape to hold the molding in place while it dries especially on the corners.
Allow to dry at least 24 hours.
When the molding is dry, remove the painter’s tape.
Chalk the corner joints. Use a wet paper towel to remove excess chalk.
Touch up the mitred cuts with paint.
Tip 10: Use a Q-tip dipped in paint for small touch ups.
Before (top) and after (bottom) of one of the vanity mirrors.
I hope these tips will help you successfully update your mirrors the first time around.